It has been my privilege to serve as editor since I was first elected by the Third Biennial Convention in 1991. I have appreciated the confidence and trust that the members of the ELCIC have placed in me and hope that I have merited it. I had been making plans to seek re-election at this convention when the members of Messiah Lutheran Church in Camrose, Alberta, reminded me of my first vocational love—pastoral ministry.
Under the umbrella of the mission of this church, the mission of Canada Lutheran is to engage the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in a dynamic dialogue in which information, inspiration and ideas are shared in a thoughtful and stimulating way.
I have tried to ensure that Canada Lutheran reflected the diversity of our church, using the magazine to present the official positions, policies and teachings of our church and also providing space for voices of dissent. In the debates that have taken place in the magazine’s pages, I worked with writers to model a way of dealing with issues that focuses on the matter at hand rather than attacking people who disagree with a cherished position.
My departure provides an opportunity for us to consider the future direction, not only of Canada Lutheran, but also the publication’s role in a comprehensive communication strategy for this church. I have been urging National Church Council to do this for several years.
There are far too many people to whom I hold a debt of gratitude for me to attempt to thank them all in these few lines. Special thanks my critics and my supporters because each helped to make me a better editor and a better person. One of my greatest joys as editor was to become friends with some of my sharpest critics. Even though we continue to disagree on a number of subjects, I value them as brothers and sisters in Christ.
I must acknowledge the creative support of our synod editors and all the staff people who made me look good, especially our designer Susan Taylor, the people who look after details such as circulation and advertising Faye Schultz and Gerlinde Berglund, and our proofreaders Norman Coull and Michele Rouleau.
Rev. Kenn Ward, Editor